Plús Hús – Micro Home by Minarc

Minarc has thrown their hat into the ring with their answer to California’s housing crisis – the Plús Hús, which is Icelandic for “plus house”. State regulations on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), or “Granny flats”, have been loosened, meaning tiny houses can exist, which sent LA architectural firm Minarc to the drawing board. Their 16′ x 20′ structures are detached private units that are completely customizable allowing the buyer to use them for personal use or to turn into a rental. The Icelandic-inspired homes come flat-packed helping to reduce the cost of your future home office, guest house, rental apartment, yoga studio, or artist space.

Lunar-Inspired Tiny House Design by Kurt Hughes

Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River in central Washington, the roughly 250-square-foot home is hexagon-shaped, perched nearly 9 feet above the ground on three massive steel beams. Inside, earthlings are greeted by an open floor plan. A breakfast nook has a porthole-shaped window overlooking the river and the hillside; a kitchen with stainless steel appliances provides space to cook up a feast for an astronaut. A large geodesic dome skylight showers the room with sunlight. Just off the bathroom, a deep-blue sink and cerulean-colored mirror have a Mid-Century Modern feel. The bedroom sits down a small ladder and can comfortably sleep two people. Upstairs, there’s enough room for a small outdoor deck where you can gaze at area wildlife, including eagles and lynxes. If the space reminds you of the tiny, well-intentioned living quarters of a boat, it’s no coincidence. The lunar lander’s owner and designer, Kurt Hughes, is a boat designer by trade. After viewing this lunar-inspired house you should surely check our rating of 15 modern tiny houses.

A Compact Mobile Office on Wheels

Belgian-based studio FIVE AM designed a compact, mobile office, or training facility, on wheels that they call “dojowheels”. Built within a camper trailer, the “dojo” reflects the design studio’s idea of working together. The modular design lets you change the setup easily making a small space more functional. The pop-up table lets you access storage underneath while also giving your legs a place to rest when you’re working. Instead of commuting to the office, you can take your office anywhere you want and even conduct meeting inside. When the table is down, the cushion slides out so you can sleep.

Eco-Friendly Pod ‘Podzook’

Judy Bernier instantly fell in love with Archipod, a new concept in backyard office design. The sad fact was that they were only available in the UK. After working with Archipod’s inventor Chris Sneesby, the trained architect formed Podzook to bring them to the United States and Canada and have them crafted in Maine out of local, sustainable resources. Along with the locally-sourced wood, a close-by company makes the insulation out of blue jeans. The shingles come from a small company just a few towns over. While they could cut corners and crank them out, Podzook wants to keep the quality top-notch and made one at a time. Whether you want a backyard office, playhouse, guest room, or just a place to call your own, the Podzook is the coolest eco-friendly pod you’ll probably come across.

Playful Tiny Homes by Dan Pauly

Fourth generation wood-working artisan Dan Pauly transforms reclaimed wood into diminutive cabins that look like they’re straight out of a fairy tale. Whether it’s a sauna, outhouse, shed, or actual home, the craftsman is able to create structures that are reminiscent of a Tim Burton film – offering a quirky balance of gothic culture and playfulness. As it turns out, there’s even a significant history behind these whimsical designs. Pauly’s great-grandfather emigrated from Switzerland to the U.S. in the 1800s and began the artisanal craft of barn building. Since then, the Pauly family has continued this impressive trade, making it part of their legacy for close to two centuries. “As I uncover an old barn or shed,” Pauly explains on his website, “I realize that it could be the same lumber that my great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago. I think that respect for the craftsmen and craftswomen of the past, and for the wood they used, make a difference in each new piece I create. Until you have dismantled an old barn, you can’t imagine the painstaking effort it took from Old-World craftsmen to erect it. They were each a work of art.”

Affordable Salsa Box Tiny Home

The Portland based company Shelter Wise has introduced energy efficient houses that can easily be attached to any trailer hook. There are three different sizes available including 12, 16 and 20-foot options, all of which feature a nice kitchen with storage, stainless steel counter, sleeping quarters, bath/shower combo setup, and a whole lot more. It really feels more like a small studio than the 96 square feet rolling hut that it is. The windows and skylight built into the structure provide plenty of natural light, and with a price tag under $25,000, you might actually be able to pick one of these up someday.